Dozens of protesters were killed in Kazakhstan … the police “are rioters”

Overnight, fuel and gas prices rise in Kazakhstan has unleashed a wave of anger and resentment: the demonstrations overwhelmed Almaty, the largest city in the country, prompting the authorities to declare a state of emergency.

And Alma-Ata police announced today Thursday that dozens of protesters, who they described as rioters, were “eliminated” after clashing with them in the town’s main square earlier today.

Official sources reported that 13 policemen were killed during those violent demonstrations, characterized by some demonstrators who stormed official centers and buildings and set them on fire.

forces of pace

At the same time, the Prime Minister of Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan, announced that a security alliance made up of former Soviet countries, led by Russia, is sending forces of pace in Kazakhstan after appealing to its president to help those countries quell violent and deadly protests in his country.

Pashinyan wrote on Facebook that an unknown number of forces of pace will go in Kazakhstan for a limited period to stabilize the situation after burning government buildings and seizing Alma-Ata International Airport.

President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev tried to calm public anger by sacking his predecessor Nazarbayev from the post of head of the National Security Council on Wednesday and assuming his responsibilities.

He also appointed a new head of the State Security Committee and fired a relative of Nazarbayev from the second highest position on the committee.

The Tokayev government has also submitted its resignation, but all these measures have failed to calm the road. Protests continued and demonstrators took control of an airport in Alma-Ata and all flights to and from the city were canceled.

Fuel and the shadow of Nazarbayev

Interestingly, those protests, which claimed the lives of 8 security personnel yesterday, police announced, initially erupted in anger over rising fuel prices, but their scope quickly expanded. to include the opposition of former president Nursultan Nazarbayev, who still retains extensive powers in the republic. The former Soviet Union stepped down in 2019 after ruling the country for nearly three decades.

Nazarbayev, 81, is widely regarded as the main political force in the capital, Nur-Sultan, which bears his name.

His family is also believed to control much of the country’s economy, the largest in Central Asia. However, the man did not appear in public nor has he made any statements since the protests began.

Kazakhstan’s image as a politically stable country helped attract hundreds of billions of dollars under Nazarbayev in foreign investments in the oil and mining sectors.

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